Pan's Labyrinth (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)



Critic Consensus: Pan's Labyrinth is Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups, with the horrors of both reality and fantasy blended together into an extraordinary, spellbinding fable.

Movie Info

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro returns to the phantasmagorical cinema that defined such early fare as Cronos and The Devil's Backbone with this haunting fantasy-drama set in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and detailing the strange journeys of an imaginative young girl who may be the mythical princess of an underground kingdom. Her mother, Carmen (Ariadna Gil), recently remarried to sadistic army captain Vidal (Sergi Lpez) and soon to bear the cruel military man's child, shy young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) is forced to entertain herself as her recently-formed family settles into their new home nestled deep in the Spanish countryside. As Ofelia's bed-ridden mother lies immobilized in anticipation of her forthcoming child and her high-ranking stepfather remains determined to fulfill the orders of General Francisco Franco to crush a nearby guerilla uprising, the young girl soon ventures into an elaborate stone labyrinth presided over by the mythical faun Pan (Doug Jones). Convinced by Pan that she is the lost princess of legend and that in order to return to her underground home she must complete a trio of life-threatening tasks, Ofelia sets out to reclaim her kingdom and return to her grieving father as Vidal's housekeeper Mercedes (Maribel Verd) and doctor (Alex Angulo) plot secretly on the surface to keep the revolution alive. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for graphic violence and some language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Guillermo del Toro, Carmen Soriano
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 18, 2007
Box Office: $37.4M
Picturehouse - Official Site


Maribel Verdu
as Mercedes
Doug Jones
as Pan/Pale Man
César Vea
as Serrano
Lina Mira
as Mayor's Wife
Mario Zorilla
as First-Aid Boss
Mario Zorrilla
as First-Aid Boss
Sebastián Haro
as Civil Guard Captain
Mila Espiga
as Doctor's Wife
Pepa Pedroche
as Conchita
Milo Taboada
as Young Man
Jose Luis Torrijos
as Sergeant Bayona
José Luis Torrijo
as Sergeant Bayona
Inigo Garces
as Young Guerrilla No. ...
Fernando Tielve
as Young Guerrilla No. ...
Elizabeth Irastorza
as Fairy/Ballerina
Shirley Cheechoo
as Stick Insect
Chong Che Leung
as Stick Insect
Paco Vidal
as Priest
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Critic Reviews for Pan's Labyrinth

All Critics (224) | Top Critics (47)

Guillermo del Toro has crafted a masterpiece, a terrifying, visually wondrous fairy tale for adults that blends fantasy and gloomy drama into one of the most magical films to come along in years.

Full Review… | November 26, 2012
Associated Press
Top Critic

Bewitchingly bonkers.

Full Review… | November 12, 2014
Financial Times

Pan's Labyrinth isn't a total success, but it confirms that del Toro is one of the few genuinely visionary directors working today. And his best may still be to come.

Full Review… | November 12, 2014
Daily Mail [UK]

It's so audacious and so technically accomplished, and arrives here garlanded with so many radiant superlatives, that I wish I liked it more.

Full Review… | November 12, 2014

[del Toro's] creatures are just wondrous!

Full Review… | November 12, 2014
At the Movies (Australia)

The story is a compelling and deeply involving one, and the film is both beautiful, exciting, and sometimes horrifying. The creature effects are superbly handled.

Full Review… | November 12, 2014
At the Movies (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Pan's Labyrinth

Del Toro creates such an imaginative universe with this wonderful fairy tale for grown-ups in which the innocence of fantasy collides with the horrors of war in an incredibly tragic way - and it is a work of magnificent beauty, from the astonishing visuals to the marvelous score.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A little girl and her pregnant mother are relocated to an army camp to be with the unborn baby's father, an officious and sadistic captain in Franco's fascist military. Pan's Labyrinth is a gothic fantasy that sees a young girl escape into a world of fauns, fairys and political allegory to escape her cold, cruel, clockwatching, jack-booted step-father who is a kindred spirit of Schindler's List's Goethe. Once again Del Toro blends beautiful imagery with an affecting war story and the result is an enchanting experience that mirrors the fight between good and evil in both the real world and a young child's imagination in a way that reminded me a lot of the work of Hayao Miyazaki. Young Ivana Baquero puts in a performance that belies her tender years and the stunning visuals create a fantasy world that is beautiful yet conveys a suitably dark and disturbing undercurrent in Guillermo Del Toro's inimitable style. The two stories didn't quite gel together for me, feeling more like two separate stories told in parallel and so I must admit I prefer The Devil's backbone, but fans of Tim Burton and Jeunet will adore it.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Finally got around to watching this in November 2013!! Late to the party I know. This film was very well rounded and pieced together. It's not often (or ever) that an adult/mature fairy tale film is made that garners such high scores and ratings. The thing I loved the most about this film though, was the emphasis on making "El Capitan" such an evil character. Antagonists will be antagonists in every film, but the role of Vidal was excellent.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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